As I've said before, running is a simple sport. It's a matter of getting out the door, and going for a run. Needless to say, there a few things that definitely make running a more pleasant experience.
My most important item is a proper pair of sunglasses. They need to be lightweight, and fit well. For every day sunnies I always wear polarized lenses, but for running sunnies I'm less concerned about that. I've gone through a few pairs of running specific sunnies (it's a perk of my job), and it's hard to tell what's going to work until I've worn them for a few decent runs.
My second must-have is neon! Obscure, I know. But I love running clothes, I love looking the part, and I love bright colours. This is a massive downfall as well, because I spend way too much money on clothes.
Thirdly, a hair-tie. Plus either a few bobby pins, or a headband. This is a deal breaker – there is no way that I can run with my hair in my face, or on my neck.
Nuun. Only because it's delicious, and it means I drink more water. I'm a bit dubious about the role of electrolytes in sports drinks, especially ones that don't have any sugar in them. Dr J is always reminding me that we need glucose to transport sodium into our bodies. I still have every flavour of Nuun, and he still drinks it on occasion…
And lastly – a watch. I'm quite attached to this watch, because it was my first ever running prize. I have another watch, plus a new Nike GPS watch, but this one gets used at least a few times each week.
Do you have any absolute essential fitness items?